I have been on these forums for a bit reading and posting some stuff, i hope someone remembers me if not all is ok
Anyway i have been going to many temples, and have noticed bowing. I know what bowing is and what it signifies, I mean when a person offers something up to the Buddha or Bodhisattvas like incense they hold the incense above their head and bow. Is this done for a purpose? Or have a lot of people just done it this way for a long time?
Also when they bow and have the incense in their hand what do they say? I see them murmur somethings i'd like to know what it could possibly be...
Personally when i bow or kneel with incense in front of the a statue, i simply speak to myself saying that ' i bow to the Buddha Nature in me, The teachings, and the Sangha the people who educate me on the dharma.' In the end i guess i tell myself i will do my best to follow the precepts and what not. I don't know if this is 'correct' or not but im looking for insight. Thanks!